Air Marshal A R Pandit – Independence and After

After the War, AR Pandit held some important command and staff appointments including commands of No.1 and No.3 Squadrons, command of No.1 Operational Wing in Jammu and Srinagar and as the Air Attache to Pakistan.

In 1951 he attended the prestigious Defence Services Staff College at Wellington and later commanded the Jet Training Wing.

During the 1965 war with Pakistan, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) at HQ Eastern Air Command in the rank of Air Commodore and was awarded the AVSM for meritorious service. [Next]


- India’s High Comissioner to Pakistan Dr. Sita Ram laying the wreath on Jinnah’s grave in Karachi 1949. Sqn Ldr AR Pandit who was the Air Attache is at his side
Sqn Ldr AR Pandit DFC at Karachi, 19 Aug 1948 -
- new.gif (147 bytes)The Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru pays a visit to Srinagar. Wg Cdr Pandit receives him at the airport.
Wg Cdr AR Pandit standing in the center (With Side cap) with pilots of No.1 Operational Wing at Srinagar in 1951 -
- Wg Cdr Pandit receiving his DFC from Air Marshal GE Gibbs , then Chief of the Indian Air Force at Palam, 1954
DFC recipients Ravindra Rao (on behalf of his father Late F/O BR Rao), RM Engineer, NK Shitoley, AR Pandit, HN Chatterjee and MM Engineer -
- Air Marshal Gibbs with DFC Awardees and the Next of Kin of a DFC Recipient. From left to right in the last row are HN Chatterjee, AR Pandit, Gibbs, Minoo Engineer, Shitoley,Rono Engineer. BR  Rao’s son, Ravindra Rao is in the front .
Wg Cdr AR Pandit (seated extreme right) as a student officer at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu in 1951. Air Marshal GE Gibbs C in C is in the center of first row. -
- Station Commanders Conference. Seated L to R are Atmaram, MM Engineer, Ranjan Dutt (Begupmet), SN Goyal, Arjan Singh (Ambala), Aspy Engineer, Subroto Mukerjee, RHD Singh, Nanda, Unknown, Rajaram, Pinto, Ratnagar (Pune). Wg Cdr Pandit was the Secretary of this conference and is standing at extreme right, last row.
Wg Cdr Pandit inspecting a Parade -

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